Garcia’s photos win at Longview fire convention



Pleasanton volunteer firefighter and photographer, J Xavier Garcia received “Best in Show” and second place for two of his fire photos at a fire convention in Longview. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton volunteer firefighter and photographer, J Xavier Garcia received “Best in Show” and second place for two of his fire photos at a fire convention in Longview. NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Mayor Travis Hall and council heard security plans for the city park, installation of a utility bill pay kiosk, life-saving police training and rehabilitation of the Halpin and Main Yard elevated water tanks at their July 18 meeting.

The meeting was first opened to Citizen’s Comments, but no one had signed up to speak. Hall explained that the law now requires comments to be made prior to business being conducted. He reminded everyone of the July 20 Yesteryear Festival at the Longhorn Museum and noted that many improvements had been made to the interior lighting, and outside landscaping.

Pleasanton Officers Save a Life

Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez informed council all officers have completed training at the police academy in the use of Narcan due to the opioid crisis in the county. The medication will reverse the effects of an overdose of a narcotic. He related an incident on July 2 when Officer Rios Campos, Sgt. Jessi Chia and Officer Adrian Limon encountered a female in the city park who had overdosed on heroin. Soon after they arrived, the female stopped breathing. Trained in this situation, the officers administered a dose of Narcan and the woman began breathing again, saving her life. The officers were honored by the council and mayor.

Council Approves Bill Pay Kiosk

Finance Director Kristi Bandy requested council approve the purchase of a utility bill pay kiosk. This would eliminate the need for a person stationed at the drive-thru window. Customers would be able to drive up and pay at the kiosk 24 hours a day. All forms of payment would be accepted-cash, credit card or check.

“The kiosk is secure and encrypted and would better serve our customers,” she informed council. Customers would still have the choice of coming inside to pay if not using the machine and could still pay online. Although payment can be made 24 hours a day, the payment would be counted late if deposited after 5 p.m. on the due date, she explained.

Cost of the kiosk is $26,406. Council unanimously approved the request on a motion by Britni Van Curan, seconded by J.R. Gallegos.

City Manager’s Report:

Johnny Huizar reported his staff worked diligently entering additional items requested by council during the budget workshop. Included are a pay-percall incentive with a pension package plan for the VFD and additional equipment as requested from Atascosa Animal Allies for the animal facility. Staff is waiting on certified numbers from the Appraisal District to finalize the budget.

Pleasanton River Park News

The city had a soft opening so the public could access the new Splash Pad, Skate Park and playground for the summer. The new additions have been a huge success, he noted, but some malfunctions with the splash pad equipment and drainage required a shut down of the park from July 23-25 so the problem could be resolved by the contractor. Work on road construction and parking lots, new restrooms and pavilions in the park continues.

Crews have installed about 3,400 linear feet of 12-inch water main approaching Woodland Drive on the Pulliam water line project.

Parks & Recreation and the airport manager held their annual Touch-A-Truck event on July 17. This year a candy drop was added using HEB bags as parachutes from a World War II spotter plane. There was a good turnout with about 150 kids attending, Huizar noted.

The next SNAP Clinic will be held on August 3 at 7 a.m. at the animal shelter on 540 E. Hunt Street.

Council approved an EMS Inter-local Cooperation Agreement between the City of Pleasanton and Atascosa County outlining responsibilities of each for the EMS building.

Park Security: Huizar issued a Request for Proposal for security services for the Pleasanton River Park. He noted the importance of 24/7 security to protect the city’s investment, and prevent vandalism. In response to questions from the council, he stated the guard would not be armed but would be equipped with a hand-held radio to the police department. The guard can detain a violator but cannot perform an arrest.

Chief Sanchez reported the guard will monitor the splash pad and playground equipment and notify the PD of any problems. A guard will work a 12-hour shift, one by day and one by night, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both sides of the park will be monitored, Sanchez confirmed and the guard will have a marked vehicle.

Council member Britni Van Curan asked if more guards might be added later. Sanchez responded yes. Council member Robert Leonhardt questioned the city’s liability if a guard was hurt. Sanchez stated the company providing the security is bonded and would take care of it.

Mayor Hall noted the security personnel are mobile and doing their job. They are courteous, he noted, and “will work out real well.”

Other Business

At the request of City Engineer John Metting, council approved a bid of $218,500 for rehabilitation of the exterior and interior of the Halpin and Main Yard elevated water tanks. Council also approved a bid of $80,840 for two bores on the Pulliam Drive Water Construction Project which will start in several weeks.

PVFD Report: Fire Chief Chuck Garris reported a total of 35 calls answered by the VFD during the month of June. This included eight rescues, three structure fires, five vehicle fires and five brush fires. There have been a total of 268 calls for the year so far. A total of 156 firefighters answered the June calls putting in 207 man hours.

Firefighters also assisted with First Baptist Church Water Day, attended the State Firemen & Fire Marshals Conference, hosted a Coastal Bend College tour of the station, assisted at Coastal Bend Water Day and Mud Day at the Park, attended a County Fire Meeting at Rossville, hosted the County Emergency Management with table top exercise, gave a fire extinguisher class at NOV oil field company and completed pump testing on all trucks.

Garris was pleased to report that photographer J (Xavier) Garcia entered two of his impressive fire photos at the recent fire convention in Longview. One photo received “2nd Place – Fire Related Acts,” and another received “Best in Show.” Garcia has won numerous awards for his fire photos.

* In other business, the council voted unanimously to accept the voluntary Annexation Petition by Weldon P. Cude et al of a 33.64 acre tract of land and a 90.86 acre tract being part of the William Moore-Survey No. 895, Abstract No. 631, Atascosa County and denoted as Trace 3.

Council unanimously adopted the following: Ordinance No. 19-1227 establishing fees, rules and regulations for the use of the city of Pleasanton Civic Center, repealing and replacing ll ordinances in conflict;

Ordinance No. 19- 1228 providing rules and regulations, setting fees, providing a penalty clause, providing a conflict clause, and providing an effective date for the operation of the city park, city pool, and the city sports complex.

Council entered Executive Session to discuss the Pleasanton ISD’s request for a variance to Ordinance No. 18-1207 for an irrigation water well. Upon reconvening, the council unanimously granted the request. The meeting was then adjourned.

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